Images of an Aboriginal woman in a Jesus t-shirt, ants guarding Australia’s coastline and a rose blooming at night, have taken top honours in two of the country’s most respected photography competitions.
The winners of the 2017 Australian Life and Little Sydney Lives photography prizes were announced at the launch of the exhibitions in Hyde Park.
Amy Jean Harding from New Brighton won the $10,000 Australian Life photography prize for her work Beryl and Jesus. Captured at Ross River in the Northern Territory, the image reflects Beryl’s devotion to the ancient Dreamtime and her faith in Christianity.
Competition judges, Moshe Rosenzveig, founder of the Head On festival, multi-award winning photographer, Dean Sewell and visual arts curator, Nina Miall, selected Amy’s image as the winner from 22 finalists from 1,400 entrants.
The judges described Amy’s image as “a photograph that addresses complex issues of gender, race and religion distilled into a striking and affective portrait.”
Seven year old Alex Noel Saksena from Kellyville was the winner in the 3–7 years age category of Little Sydney Lives for his shot My Little Soldiers Guarding Australia, of ants congregating around a hand-drawn map of Australia.
Eleven year old Dibe Chaker from Guildford was the winner in the 8–11 years age category for her up-close shot of a rose captured post-rainfall titled Rose At Night.
Alex and Dibe’s images were selected as winners from 20 finalists from more than 200 submissions. Each winner picked up a new digital camera and photography accessories worth $500.
The 22 Australian Life finalist images are on exhibition along the St James walkway of Hyde Park North. The 20 Little Sydney Lives finalist images are on exhibition in Sandringham Gardens, Hyde Park North, until 8 October 2017.
“This has been a favourite with Sydneysiders since 2002, and it’s easy to see why,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.
“The large scale shots on show along the St James walkway in Hyde Park North and Sandringham Gardens attract thousands of visitors who come to celebrate the creative spirits of some of our established, emerging and youngest photographers.”
The City’s Art & About program is an ongoing program of events and celebration of art in unconventional spaces.
Source: City of Sydney